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Title: On the Shoulders of Giants: Continuing the Legacy of Large-Scale Ecosystem Manipulation Experiments in Puerto Rico

Abstract

There is a long history of experimental research in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico. These experiments have addressed questions about biotic thresholds, assessed why communities vary along natural gradients, and have explored forest responses to a range of both anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic disturbances. Combined, these studies cover many of the major disturbances that affect tropical forests around the world and span a wide range of topics, including the effects of forest thinning, ionizing radiation, hurricane disturbance, nitrogen deposition, drought, and global warming. These invaluable studies have greatly enhanced our understanding of tropical forest function under different disturbance regimes and informed the development of management strategies. Here we summarize the major field experiments that have occurred within the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Taken together, results from the major experiments conducted in the Luquillo Experimental Forest demonstrate a high resilience of Puerto Rico’s tropical forests to a variety of stressors.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, DC (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Southwest Biological Science Center, Moab, UT (United States)
  4. Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1572802
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Forests
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1999-4907
Publisher:
MDPI
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Luquillo Experimental Forest; tropical; experiments; manipulations; large-scale; Puerto Rico; Caribbean

Citation Formats

Wood, Tana, González, Grizelle, Silver, Whendee, Reed, Sasha, and Cavaleri, Molly. On the Shoulders of Giants: Continuing the Legacy of Large-Scale Ecosystem Manipulation Experiments in Puerto Rico. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.3390/f10030210.
Wood, Tana, González, Grizelle, Silver, Whendee, Reed, Sasha, & Cavaleri, Molly. On the Shoulders of Giants: Continuing the Legacy of Large-Scale Ecosystem Manipulation Experiments in Puerto Rico. United States. doi:10.3390/f10030210.
Wood, Tana, González, Grizelle, Silver, Whendee, Reed, Sasha, and Cavaleri, Molly. Wed . "On the Shoulders of Giants: Continuing the Legacy of Large-Scale Ecosystem Manipulation Experiments in Puerto Rico". United States. doi:10.3390/f10030210. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1572802.
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author = {Wood, Tana and González, Grizelle and Silver, Whendee and Reed, Sasha and Cavaleri, Molly},
abstractNote = {There is a long history of experimental research in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico. These experiments have addressed questions about biotic thresholds, assessed why communities vary along natural gradients, and have explored forest responses to a range of both anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic disturbances. Combined, these studies cover many of the major disturbances that affect tropical forests around the world and span a wide range of topics, including the effects of forest thinning, ionizing radiation, hurricane disturbance, nitrogen deposition, drought, and global warming. These invaluable studies have greatly enhanced our understanding of tropical forest function under different disturbance regimes and informed the development of management strategies. Here we summarize the major field experiments that have occurred within the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Taken together, results from the major experiments conducted in the Luquillo Experimental Forest demonstrate a high resilience of Puerto Rico’s tropical forests to a variety of stressors.},
doi = {10.3390/f10030210},
journal = {Forests},
number = 3,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {2}
}

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